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  • New Trier hires alum Brian Doll as football coach

    After stints teaching football from Elk Grove all the way to London, New Trier grad Brian Doll is returning to his alma mater to lead the Trevians' football program. Doll, who spent nine years on the New Trier football staff before taking the reigns...
  • Post Office workers labor under increasing loads in 1914

    An article in the April 18, 1914 edition of The Argus reported the need for more help at the post office. In spite of the increase in the volume of mail coming to the Catonsville postoffice, including the load of parcels post packages, the Postoffice...
  • Ken Forsse dies at 77; Teddy Ruxpin creator attended Burbank High

    Ken Forsse dies at 77; Teddy Ruxpin creator attended Burbank High
    Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the...
  • Getting angry with your spouse? Quick, eat something!

    Getting angry with your spouse? Quick, eat something!
    Sound familiar? Your normally cheerful spouse has suddenly, and inexplicably, turned cranky and an otherwise pleasant day is fast becoming a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." When you see those storm clouds gathering in your significant...
  • Marlon Wayans is in it for laughs, but his career is no joke

     Marlon Wayans is in it for laughs, but his career is no joke
    "How you doin', baby?" Marlon Wayans said, leaning down to kiss a doll on the lips. The toy, a prop from Wayans' latest movie, "A Haunted House 2," was propped up in a chair across the table from the actor at a stuffy Beverly Hills restaurant. The doll,...
  • Tablets and apps for children are on the rise

    Tablets and apps for children are on the rise
    Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet — not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came...
  • Stocks slump, extending decline from last week

    For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday. The market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week. After biotechnology and internet stocks pulled the market lower...
  • Earn $10 Amazon credit with Easter toy purchase

    Earn $10 Amazon credit with Easter toy purchase
    Amazon is offering a $10 credit with the purchase of certain toy products. Both Mattel and Fisher Price are participating in the offer. To earn the credit, shoppers must buy three Mattel or three Fisher Price toys. Here are the rules: "For a limited...
  • Ed Catmull's 'Creativity, Inc.' is a thoughtful look at Pixar

    Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he...
  • Play and replay

    Play and replay
    “Everyone dies with secrets, why can’t I?” Convalescing at home after a fall, Lilith Fischer, age 87, is snappish with her son on the phone, rude to her in-home aide and determined to keep the memories of her youth buried. A ghost...
  • Krall dips into the long-ago past

    Krall dips into the long-ago past
    It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment. Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...